Retinol is a skincare ingredient that has managed to dominate the anti-ageing market due to its amazing benefits for the skin.
If you are trying to turn back the clock on the visible signs of ageing, you have probably tried a majority of anti-ageing skincare products. Ageing is a normal part of human life and it is a privilege to live a long and happy life, yet many of us are haunted by the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles that tend to creep up on our skin.
This article will explore retinol in depth, including its anti-ageing abilities, and discuss how to apply it safely.
What is retinol and what does it do?
Essentially, retinol is a derivative of Vitamin A. This product is also a commercial, over-the counter version of tretinoin, which is usually a prescription retinoid. The only true difference between the two is that retinol is less potent than tretinoin, so it is less concentrated than the medicated retinoid.
As mentioned previously, retinol has been praised for its fantastic anti-ageing properties. This is because retinol is a deeply powerful antioxidant, which helps to communicate with other cells in the skin and encourage healthier looking skin to develop.
Retinol also helps to decrease collagen depletion, by encouraging skin cells to quickly reproduce, which of course, allows new collagen to form. In terms of visual effects of the skin, retinol evens out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, giving you smoother and more youthful looking skin.
Can Vitamin A be found in food?
Vitamin A1, which can also be referred to as retinol, can mainly be found in animal-sourced foods. These foods are pretty commonplace, such as cheese, oily fish, milk and yoghurt, and can promote wider health benefits if implemented in moderation as part of a balanced diet.
If your particular diet does not allow such foods, try taking a supplement to increase your Vitamin A intake.
As always, a balanced diet can have a monumental impact on the quality of your skin. So, keep in mind that absorbing foods that have too much Vitamin A, can lead to further harm for the skin.
Skin supplements can boost your Vitamin A intake
Skin supplements are a fantastic way to boost your vitamin intake and take better care of your wider health. There are a variety of products on the market that offer a wide selection of vitamins and minerals to help you take better care of your skin.
For example, Advanced Nutrition Programme offer the ‘Skin Plus’ supplement collection, packed with a variety of top of the range ingredients. Each pack contains four supplements called ‘Skin Antioxidants’, ‘Skin Vit A+D’ and ‘Skin Omegas 3&6’. Each capsule contains a variety of vitamins and other supplements that help to fight against the visible signs of ageing, hair loss and delicate nails. This is the perfect product for someone who is looking to delve into the world of skin supplements but doesn’t know where to start. Currently, Dermoi is offering a 28-day supply (140 capsules) for just £43.95.
Moreover, Advanced Nutrition Plus also offers ‘Skin Collagen Plus’ capsules. This pack is specifically formulated to target all signs of ageing, and help the skin become healthier as a whole. Each capsule contains a mixture of vitamins A, C and D, which aid in producing collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid, giving you more youthful skin. This skin supplement is available on the Dermoi online store for £29.95 for 120 capsules.
Use retinol serums and creams to stimulate cell turnover
If you want to incorporate retinol into your daily skincare routine, try using a high-concentrate retinol serum or cream to help you achieve younger looking skin. Here are three retinol products currently available on the Dermoi store.
Firstly, is the ‘Calm Gentle Retinal Serum’ from Osmosis Skincare, now available for £59.95. This is a Vitamin A serum applicable for all skin types, especially ageing skin. This product is an anti-ageing powerhouse, designed to treat inflammation, sensitivity and sagging to help revitalise your skin and defeat the signs of ageing.
Next, is the ‘Correct Preventative Retinal Serum’, also from Osmosis Skincare and currently retailing at £59.95. This serum contains 0.075% retinaldehyde, a variation of Vitamin A that is actually more powerful than retinol. This concentrated serum helps to repair damaged skin and encourage further collagen production. Therefore, you will be able to produce newer and healthier skin, helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
Finally, is the ‘Youth Serum’ from iS Clinical, available for £123.50. This serum provides amazing long-term effects by gradually tightening the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles over time. This product also contains a patented ‘Extremozyme’ formula, which helps to restore fragile DNA, to help repair damaged and tired skin.
Can I use retinol during the day?
It is advised that you incorporate retinol into your night-time skincare routine. This is because retinol exfoliates the skin, removing the upper layer of dead skin from the face, Therefore, this makes your more vulnerable to the harsh nature of sun damage.
However, there is a variety of retinol alternatives that can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine. Retinaldehyde is a more potent rival to retinol, yet it is gentler on the skin, making it easier to use every day. Not to mention that retinaldehyde is just as effective at defeating wrinkles and creating younger skin.
If you suffer with particularly sensitive skin, bakuchiol is a great natural alternative to retinol. Made from the seeds and leaves of the babiche plant, it is a more soothing counterpart to retinol. Don’t be fooled by its subtle nature, bakuchiol is still as effective at tacking the visible signs of ageing.
When will you start to see the results of retinol in your skin?
In order to see the true anti-ageing benefits of retinol, you must take the steps to incorporate it safely into your skincare routine. Firstly, only use retinol in the evening as it can often lead to sun damage if used during the day.
If you are using a retinol product that is suitable for daytime use, always apply SPF 30 or higher to avoid potential skin damage.
Moreover, it is vital that your use the product gradually, only using it 1-2 times a week to begin with. This will give your skin time to become familiar with the product and decrease the risk of irritation.
Additionally, because of the irritation risk linked with retinol, always use a moisturiser alongside the retinol product. If you carry out these simple steps, you will be able to see younger and healthier looking skin in just three months.
Ageing can be a scary experience, especially when it begins to show upon your skin. However, there are many ways to revitalise the skin and slowly repair that damage that ageing has committed.
So, if you are seeking to defeat ageing skin, try using one of the suggested serums or supplements from this article and evaluate the benefits for yourself.
Author: Melody Day